Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Larger Achievement Gap for Black Males

For years, there has been a debate over the achievement gap that exists in America’s schools—whether there is one and how to close it. Although the debate continues, especially on how to close it, it is easy to brush aside how truly daunting the gap may be in today’s schools. In a recent article published by the New York Times, researchers discovered the low proficiency of black males may be greater than previously thought. Only 12 percent of black fourth-grade boys are proficient in reading, compared with 38 percent of white boys. The article seems to suggest the achievement gap has to do with more than poverty alone.

Full article: New York Times

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